Dawn of a New Day « Ray Ozzie To: Executive Staff and direct reports Date: October 28, 2010 From: Ray Ozzie Subject: Dawn of a New Day Five years ago, having only recently arrived at the company, I wrote The Internet Services Disruption in order to kick off a major change management process across the company. In the opening section of that memo, I noted that about every five years our industry experiences what appears to be an inflection point that results in great turbulence and change. In the wake of that memo, the last five years has been a time of great transformation for Microsoft. In the realm of the service-centric ‘seamless OS’ we’re well on the path to having Windows Live serve as an optional yet natural services complement to the Windows and Office software. And in the realm of what I referred to as our ‘services platform’, I couldn’t be more proud of what’s emerged as Windows Azure & SQL Azure. Our products are now more relevant than ever. The past five years have been breathtaking. Complexity kills. Ray
Nieman Journalism Lab - Predictions for Journalism 2011 Smartphone growth, Murdoch’s Daily, and journalism for the poor: Predictions for mobile news in 2011 Editor’s Note: We’re wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring. One of the common threads through many of their predictions was mobile — the impact smartphones and tablets and apps will have on how news is reported, produced, distributed, and consumed. (Not to mention how it’s paid for.) Here are Vivian Schiller, Keith Hopper, Jakob Nielsen, Alexis Madrigal, Michael Andersen, Richard Lee Colvin, Megan McCarthy, David Cohn, and David Fanning on what 2011 will bring for the mobile space. After two decades of saying that “this is the year of mobile,” 2011 really will be the year of mobile. My wild prediction: 2011 will be the year of media initiatives that serve poor and middle-income people. For 20 years, almost all native Internet content has been made for the niche interests — often the professional interests — of people who make more than the median household income of $50,000 or so. 1. 2. 3. For Frontline it is the bright hope.
The Age Of Relevance Editor’s note: This is a guest post submitted by Mahendra Palsule, who has worked as an Editor at Techmeme since 2009. Apart from curating tech news, he likes analyzing trends in startups and the social web. He is based in Pune, India, and you can follow him on Twitter. What’s the Next Big Thing after social networking? This has been a favorite topic of much speculation among tech enthusiasts for many years. The key element of the next big thing is the increasing significance of the Interest Graph to complement the Social Graph. Relevance is the only solution to the problem of information overload. The above matrix is a representation of how the process of online information discovery has evolved over time. Phase I: The Search Dominated Web This is how Google began its dominance over the web two decades ago, using PageRank to surface the most popular web pages as identified by other web pages that linked to them. Phase II: Web 2.0 With Social Bookmarking Phase IV: Personalized Serendipity
Qwiki's iPad Moment Is Coming (TCTV) Ever since Qwiki won the last TechCrunch Disrupt in September, it’s been working on an iPad app. In fact, one of its overexcited developers showed me a peek back then. Well, it’s come along way since then, and Qwiki is currently working on the finishing touches before submitting a real app to the iTunes store sometime in the next few weeks. Qwiki founder and CEO Doug Imbruce dropped by my office today to give me a preview. In many ways, Qwiki was built for the iPad. The iPad app will also have “a very interesting geography feature,” Imbruce hints. And just for fun, let’s see that backstage video from Disrupt of the original iPad prototype.
Google Reveals its Wildest Invention Ever - 'Project Glass' What do you get when you combine wearable glasses with Augmented reality? You get an amazing piece of technology by Google! Google has revealed ‘Project Glass’, its latest initiative for developing a wearable display glasses based on Augmented Reality. It is almost similar to what we’ve been seeing in movies for years, like Robocop. Augmented what? Augmented Reality is a technology that combines the physical real-world environment with interactive digital data providing you with information. There’s an interesting part in the video at 0:52 seconds where the character asks his glasses to remind him to book tickets for a show. Imagine a future – the glasses will display interactive information hovering in front of your eyes such as today’s weather when you look to the sky, new emails & messages when they arrive, video calls, voice commands and so more in front of your eyes as we had always imagined the future. Find more photos at Project Glass’s Google+ page.
Netexplorateur 2011 : quelle évolution pour la société ... C'est un des moments clés du forum Netexplorateur : la présentation de l'étude Netexploratrend par le sociologue Bernard Cathelat. Il dévoile ses "scénarios tendanciels de la révolution socio-numérique". "Nous ne cherchons pas à déceler les vedettes récompensées aujourd'hui, mais de discerner des tendances générales qui semblent se dégager de ces propositions d'innovation. Nous observons un retournement à 180 degrés du monde numérique. Il y a peu, nous étions face à un alter-monde. Aujourd'hui nous allons vers un nouveau monde : la virtu-réalité. Dans les années 2000, on a vu une première vague avec une évasion du monde réel vers le monde virtuel, un "alter-web". Dès 2003, on a continué à s'évader, mais en groupe : le réseautage. En 2008, on a vu une première grande évolution par rapport à cet alter-monde : le "web to world". En 2010, ces deux mondes se sont mêlés plus encore pour rendre "intelligents" des objets de la vie quotidienne. Cette année que voyons-nous ? Jusqu'où va-t-on ?
5 Computer Science Awards That Show Us The Future Of Technology They are not the Oscars or the Grammy’s. Heck, they aren’t even the Webbies or the Appy Awards for the man on the street. But just like the relatively obscure names you might have encountered in the list of 10 Famous Geeks Who Changed The World, the computer science awards on this list are doing their own quiet bit to promote innovation and invention. In turn, the innovations and inventions are changing our future. We don’t realize it just yet. Of course, it can be argued that awards and honors always come after the event. IEEE Internet Award The Award: The IEEE Internet Award is a technical award given by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a worldwide (160 countries and 400,000 members) non-profit that promotes advancement of technology. The Impact: Mark Handley received the IEEE Internet Award this year for his contributions to Internet multicast, telephony, congestion control and the shaping of open Internet standards and open-source systems. IEEE Medal of Honor
Presse Citron - Navigation internet : l’iPad devant Linux aux USA Vendredi 22 avril Internet mobile - 22 avril 2011 :: 10:41 :: Par Eric Selon une récente étude statistique de StatCounter portant sur Avril 2011, l’iPad serait déjà passé devant Linux en tant que système d’exploitation permettant d’accéder au web. Attention sujet à troll ( iPad et Linux dans le même titre, oui je suis maso), ne nous énervons pas, c’est bientôt le week-end Selon une récente étude statistique de StatCounter portant sur Avril 2011, l’iPad serait déjà passé devant Linux en tant que système d’exploitation permettant d’accéder au web. Au-delà de la comparaison iPad vs. ( source ) Fondateur et rédacteur en chef de Presse-citron, Éric est blogueur, éditeur de contenus numériques. Tags: iPad , Linux
New spray-on batteries could revolutionize energy storage By Dakota Torres on 07/02/2012 Renewable energy has been one of the most researched topics ever since gas and oil prices have begun to rise and people have paid attention to their effects on the environment. Making your home run on renewable energy can be quite challenging and in some instances (very) expensive, but a research team at Rice University has just discovered a way to make it a lot easier to create energy and even store it. Imagine being able to take a bottle of substance and spray it on a wall of your house. The research, published last week in Nature, uses a new approach to the creation of batteries by using materials that can be spray-painted onto different types of surfaces. Conventional lithium-ion batteries feature a “jelly roll” structure which includes the anode, separator, cathode, and metal foils to collect the charge. Although this battery spray in theory could be adapted for personal hand-held spray cans, there is one limitation.